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Press Release

26 July 2021

Parking Charges Commence at Coastal Car Parks

Following public consultation, parking charges will be applied at some coastal car parks in the Borough from 1 August 2021.

Visitors to four coastal car parks: Hove To, Meon Shore, Monks Hill and Salterns; will now be charged £1 per hour between 10am and 6pm, with a maximum charge of £6. An £80 annual season ticket for regular car park users is also available, which works out at 22p per day and is valid across all coastal car parks.

Temporary pay machines are currently being installed and visitors can choose to pay either using coins at the machines, or via the PayByPhone app. Parking machines will display a QR code which visitors can scan using their mobile phones. This will take them directly to the PayByPhone app which they can then download and register to use. 

Fareham Borough Council delayed implementing these charges for many years and is one of the last authorities in the region to charge for coastal parking.  However, the combination of a significant reduction in Government funding, the devastating financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and a reduction in car parking income of approximately £1.5M has meant that the Council has no choice but to find new revenue streams in order to protect vital services, continue to provide a good level of parking enforcement and also to provide maintenance and improvements to the parking infrastructure throughout the Borough.

Executive Member for Health and Public Protection of Fareham Borough Council, Cllr Trevor Cartwright, said: “Fareham is one of the last councils to charge for coastal parking in the whole of the south and, while we appreciate that this decision has had mixed feedback from the public, it was a necessary step to protect our services following some difficult times. We have however, kept the charges as low and as flexible as possible to cater for everyone.”

Parking charges will come into effect at a further five coastal car parks once the new, permanent parking machines have been installed.

You can find out more about the Coastal Car Parks as well as the regulations and rates on the Council’s website: https://www.fareham.gov.uk/parking_and_traffic/coastalparking.aspx


ENDS


Notes to Editor:

*Fareham Borough Council lost approximately £1.5M of car parking income over the last 15 months and is also planning to use £2M of its reserves through to the end of 2021/22 to balance the budget.

For further information contact:

Customer Enquiries

Tel: 01329 236100
Email: customerservicecentre@fareham.gov.uk

Media Enquiries

The Communications Team
Tel: 01329 824310
Email: publicity@fareham.gov.uk
Fax: 01329 550576

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